Whether it’s Carne Asada and assorted Empanadas from Mexico, Jerk Chicken and Curried Red Snapper from Jamaica or just a good old American ball park menu with Jumbo Smoked Sausage and Corn Dogs, our culinary staff strives to bring you authentic recipes from around the world. This month we’re going to focus on all things Caribbean …
A popular vacation destination for many Americans, the Caribbean says sun and sand, but what does it say about food? Well, it tells its history. Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of African, Creole, Cajun, Amerindian, European, Latin American, East Indian and Chinese, all brought from many different countries as people migrated to the islands.
Like most cuisines, dishes share common ingredients; in this case, rice and beans. In fact, rice served with beans, and different sauces is a staple food in the Caribbean. Dishes also include bell peppers, chickpeas, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes, as well as more exotic ingredients such as plantains and coconuts. Meat includes beef, poultry, pork and seafood.
But the quintessential Caribbean flavor comes from their special green herb and oil based marinade. Its ingredients can include garlic, onions, scotch bonnet peppers, celery, green onions, and herbs like cilantro, marjoram, rosemary, tarragon and thyme. This green seasoning is used for a variety of dishes like curries, stews and roasted meats. There are lots of different recipes for this sauce and getting it just right for your particular dish is an art as well as a secret.
Caribbean cuisine is bold, flavorful and aromatic food and we’ve embraced it as part of our own menu.
Caribbean mango, avocado and coriander salad
(Fresh fruit and vegetable salad with island seasonings)
Carnival Pepper pot stew
(sweet potato, kidney beans and Caribbean spices in a thick savory stew)
Spicy Jamaican veggi patties (vegetable pies)
(ground vegetables with traditional yellow curry and scotch bonnet in curry spiced dough)
Grilled Jamaican jerk chicken
(bone in chicken pieces grilled with authentic jerk spices)
Ropa Viejas flank steak
(flank steak slow cooked in Cuban spices till it melts in your mouth)
Vegetable mango stir-fry
(lo mein noodles stir-fried with mango, fresh vegetables and pineapple, peanut butter soy sauce)
Arroz con Gandules
(Seasoned rice with cilantro and pigeon peas)
Island fried plantains
(Quick fried sweet plantains with Caribbean spices)
Fresh seasonal tropical fruit salad
Assorted breads and roti
Banana bread, key lime pie, rum cake and coconut layer cake
If you cannot get away to the Caribbean this winter, why not consider a Caribbean theme for your next event?
Remember, our Catering Managers are happy to work with you to create a menu to fit the needs of your company and clients for any event.